Meet Sasha from the Pink Team!
Qui se cache derrière l'équipe Cultural Care Au Pair ?
Parce qu'il est important pour nous de rester au plus près de vous tout au long de votre projet, nous vous proposons de rencontrer semaine après semaine les membres de notre équipe, en France et aux Etats-Unis. Découvrez les personnes qui seront à vos côtés pendant votre année pour vous permettre d'en profiter au maximum !
Cette semaine, nous vous présentons Sasha Williams, Placement Manger à Boston.
What is your pink story?
I started at Cultural Care in March 2011. I had heard of EF Education First before this but had limited exposure to the Au Pair world. I had been proponent of cultural exchange and learning through immersion and really appreciated the opportunity to apply this. Prior to this, I worked in publishing and on a political campaign in Chicago. In university, I was able to study abroad in Israel and worked in Egypt for six months with a newspaper.
What is your current role?
I am a placement manager. I work with families who are repeating on the program in the states of Maryland, Washington, Oregon and in Washington DC. Every day is different and new. I help families navigate the selection and interview process, educate them about the program and provide them with the tools for a successful year.
What would your advice to the Au Pairs be?
Be confident and true to yourself. Own your personality and your interests. There isn’t a perfect Au Pair and there isn’t a defined set of qualities host families are searching for. Families appreciate varied and long-term childcare experience in a candidate but they are also looking for someone that is passionate about something—whether it’s handball, house music, Norse sagas—anything! In your application and in interviews with families, the more freely and comfortably you can speak about yourself, the more families will be able to ask informed questions and the better you will both be able to connect with each other.
Beyond this—be comfortable projecting your year and discussing this with prospective families: how do I like to communicate when I am having trouble? What type of relationship do I expect to have with my host parents, and my host kids? What do I think will bring me contentment in my time in the US, and how I will arrive at this point? Discuss the negative and the positive—families really appreciate honesty and self-reflection.
La semaine prochaine, retrouvez Brittany de l'Au Pair Training School.